Stones Are Ready?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Zerologist, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Zerologist

    Zerologist Well Known Member Member

    Hello! Its me again.

    5 days ago I got 3 big stones from outside.

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    For the first 3 days, they were soaked in tap water. In the fourth day, I drained the water out from the bucket and left the stones to dry. After they dried, I poured some vinegar on it to test if there is calcium carbonate(? I saw this on the Internet) but it did not fizz which means its safe (as the website I visited says). I rinsed it well and scrubbed with tap water after it. Right now, its in a small bucket of water again (as you see in the photo).

    Are they good to go in the aquarium?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89 Well Known Member Member

    They're good to go.
     
  3. Nanologist

    Nanologist Well Known Member Member

    I'd say they're ready to "rock"!
     




  4. Herkimur

    Herkimur Well Known Member Member

    I boil all my rocks to kill bacteria deeply imbedded inside.
    I then soak them in dechlorinated water to cool them off and on they go to the aquarium.
     
  5. APierce

    APierce Well Known Member Member

    I also boiled all my rocks, but they were in the dirt and in a stream.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Zerologist

    Zerologist Well Known Member Member

    Thanks guys!
     
  7. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    I brush them off, rinse them, and use them right away. Any bacteria will be cleaned off by the fish.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Zerologist

    Zerologist Well Known Member Member

    Hey guys, I put them in my aquarium just now:

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    Do you have any other design suggestions? Thanks a lot! :)
     
  9. Nanologist

    Nanologist Well Known Member Member

    Rock on!

    Ok, I swear that was the last rock pun/joke...
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  10. APierce

    APierce Well Known Member Member

    They look good!
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Zerologist

    Zerologist Well Known Member Member

    Still thinking of other designs... XD
     
  12. APierce

    APierce Well Known Member Member

    You could put them together at the bottom like a clover?
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Zerologist

    Zerologist Well Known Member Member

    Nice idea...

    Looking forward into collecting more stones! :)
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
  14. B

    Betrayer Well Known Member Member

    There was a member (I think he is a firefighter or maybe an EMT) on a different rock post a few days ago who was cautioning about the danger of boiling rocks. I think it has to do with the potential for them exploding due to pockets of air inside. I don't know if I'm getting the details right...maybe someone else with know. Just thought I'd mention it.
     
  15. APierce

    APierce Well Known Member Member

    You do have to be careful when you boil them, they can explode, yes.
     
  16. OP
    OP
    Zerologist

    Zerologist Well Known Member Member

    I won't boil them though...
     
  17. p

    purslanegarden Well Known Member Member

    You might want to adhere them to each other, in case there is some kind of motion that makes the rocks fall and crush some fish. Otherwise, placing them in less precarious positions should be OK too.
     
  18. OP
    OP
    Zerologist

    Zerologist Well Known Member Member

    Yeah.... When I came back home this evening, the top rock fell... So I just left it like that.

    UPDATE:

    Got another stone... Maybe I'll take a pic of it tomorrow... I'll be doing the same procedure again. :)

    Thanks guys! :)

    Got a couple of stones again XD.. I really need more substrate... :)
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 21, 2017
  19. OP
    OP
    Zerologist

    Zerologist Well Known Member Member

    Update:

    The stones I got few days ago.

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  20. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Nice stones!
     




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